As of noon on Thursday, we're essentially half way through the filing period at the state election board. The filings are coming in a a record pace. There are as many as 10 Republicans filing in some open seats in the legislature.
Filing will end at 5pm, Friday. On monday there will be an official period to challenge the filings. That process will cost any candidate $250 to initiate or to defend. The prevailing party will be reimbursed the fee.
Last year the State Election board provided a live feed of the hearings through the Senate's web portal. After that contesting period, it will not be possible to initiate any challenges, even if a candidate is proven to be, or admittedly unqualified for the office.
The party primary elections will be held June 26th. That event will also include the state question on medical cannabis. It is expected that a younger demographic will show up in larger than normal numbers because cannabis medicines are more widely acceptable to the younger voters.
See our 4 pages of listings for all the filings as of 5pm, Thursday.